Mild Spell Will Spell Out Road Problems

We are in for a mild spell in the coming days, and that means we’re likely in for some nasty surprises on our roads. 

Local crews are going to be out in full force patching up potholes, watching for heaving, and clearing storm drains. 

In Pembroke, city officials are reminding drivers that the significant snow pack could leave a lot of ponding once that melt starts to accelerate. 

They’re also encouraging people to report any problem pot holes on the city’s web site so crews can prioritize the repair work.

Here's a 'watch list' from the City in terms of road issues over the next little while:

Roadside Snow Melt – This winter has seen significant snowfall and as such, there is substantial amounts of snow that has accumulated at the side of the road. As this snow melts there may be water ponding on roads, which may pose a hazard to pedestrians and vehicles. The travelling public should also be aware that temperature changes between day and night have the potential of creating localized icy spots, and the freeze-thaw cycle leads to the formation of potholes which may be hidden below the surface water. Drivers are urged to use caution and be vigilant to potentially hazardous conditions.

Storm Drains – Due to the significant amount of snow received this year, and ice buildup at roadside, many storm water drainage systems may not be functioning optimally. City crews are working to open drains and ditches in areas that are susceptible to spring drainage issues.

Heaving – This winter has seen significant frost depths. As the frost leaves the road base, heaving is likely to occur. Drivers should remain vigilant and reduce speed where heaving is observed, and pay attention to appropriate signage that may be posted.

Pothole Repair – City crews will be working across the City to repair potholes as efficiently as possible. Residents can report a pothole on the city website.

• This winter has experienced significant fluctuations in temperature leading to icy conditions on City Sidewalks. City crews are working to mitigate these conditions by applying sand to the sidewalk network to assist in traction. Freeze-thaw cycles during the spring melt season can lead to further ice accumulation on sidewalks. Residents are encouraged to use caution while utilizing the sidewalk network.

Should you discover a road condition requiring the attention of the Operations Department, please call 613-735-6821, ext. 1409.

The City asks pedestrians and motorists to exercise caution, reduce speed, respect others and be aware of current road conditions at all times.